It’s FREEZING! Time to get warm from the inside out with Chai Sugar Cookies!
So one of my friends has been begging me to go to Frenchy’s with her for a while. I love clothes, I love everything about them. I love brand new clothes, used clothes, refurbished clothes… ALL CLOTHES. Lately I have been really into taking my old clothing and making something new out of them. And really, this got me thinking, “what can I do with some of my old recipes?”
I love sugar cookies. I love them as drop cookies; rolled cookies… you name it! So why not take the basic sugar cookie and refurbish it a bit? Sugar cookies don’t have to be for kids anymore! So, instead of studying (as tends to be the case) I decided to dream up some creative sugar cookie recipes. Some are not brand new, but simply revisited.
After I’ve had a long day, it can be so nice just to relax with a cup of tea and some sort of sweet. Chai teas and coffees have been really popular lately, and the blend of spices is just so pleasing. So, I give to you relaxation in a cookie, the “Chai Sugar Cookie” And these cookies are guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out!
My favourite sugar cookie recipe, with a spicy kick of chai deliciousness:
CHAI SUGAR COOKIES
- 1 1/2 cups margarine or butter, softened
- 2.5 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tsp chai spice mixture* (prepackaged or see below)
- (Optional additions I like: Sometimes I add ½ of the zest from a lemon. It is just divine.
In a nice large bowl, cream together the sugar and the butter until really smooth. Next, beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Mix the chai spices with the flour baking powder and salt, then add that to the large bowl of wet ingredients. I like to chill this overnight or at least a couple hours.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼ to ½ an inch thick. Cut into pretty shapes with cookie cutters or into circles with a cup. Place them on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 6-8 minutes. Cool before frosting or decorating!
*Chai spice mix – Mix two teaspoons each of ground cloves, cinnamon, and ground cardamom and then add one teaspoon of white pepper and blend well.
I like to add a small rosette of frosting to these cookies to make them perfect. If you cut out specific patterns feel free to decorate them with royal icing. However, this frosting makes them perfect.
2 sticks (one cup) of butter
4-5 cups of sifter powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons chai spice mix (which we made earlier!)
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger (Optional, it has quite a kick!)Beat the butter with a mixer until nice and creamy, and then scrape the bowl well. Now add 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar the milk, spices and ginger. Beat until nice and combined. Keep adding powdered sugar until you have a nice consistency ready to be piped onto a cookie.(If you are not a fan of spicy things, start with LESS chai spice and LESS ginger! You can always add more later, but you cannot take it back!) As I mentioned before, serve these with a nice cup of tea, or hot chocolate with chai spice mixed in. Yum!
Make sure you keep checking out the blog! Soon I will be featuring a cupcake that is just PERFECT for St. Patrick’s Day!